18 children presumed dead in Uzbekistan after drinking Indian-made cough syrup
‘Doc-1 Max’, a syrup made by Marion Biotech, was blamed for the death.
New Delhi, There has been a case of suspicious deaths of children overseas after drinking cough syrup made in India. This time, 18 children died in Uzbekistan. Upon receiving the information, the Uttar Pradesh-based pharmaceutical company Marion Biotech was asked to stop production of drugs containing propylene glycol. Recall that News84Media on Wednesday brought to light news from the Uzbek news site AKI.com, which claimed that a syrup made by Marion Biotech, “Doc-1 Max”, was responsible for the deaths of about 18 children. According to the report, the children were admitted to hospital with a serious respiratory illness.
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After the intervention of the Ministry of Health, a joint team from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and the Uttar Pradesh Drug Control and Licensing Authority inspected the construction site of Marion Biotech on December 27. The samples taken at the factory were sent for analysis. One such case came to light when similar deaths of children were reported in The Gambia, allegedly due to Indian-made syrup.
Discovery of a deadly chemical
Uzbek media cited preliminary laboratory studies by Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health, which showed the presence of ethylene glycol, the deadly chemical responsible for deaths in The Gambia, in Dok-1 Max syrup. Meanwhile, in an email sent by News84Media, the World Health Organization said it was in contact with health authorities in Uzbekistan and was ready to help with further investigation. It may be noted that earlier the death of 66 small children in the Gambia of Africa was also blamed on a syrup made in India.
Keywords: child death, pharmaceutical company
FIRST POST: December 29, 2022, 2:03 p.m. HST